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Old 01-07-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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three pole switch with timed off

I have a two family house with a back stair that provides access to and from a second floor unit, a first floor unit and the cellar as well as access to the exterior (also at the first floor). This stairwell is illuminated by a light at each level (second, first and cellar). These lights are controlled by a three way switch at each level (total of three switches). If all lights are off, they can all be turned on from any level and visa-versa. My goal is to prevent the lights from being left on when the stair is not in use. My questions are as follows. First, do they make a 3 pole switch that can be turned on manually and turns off with a timer having a small set of presets (say 5, 15 or 30 minutes). Second, can I install this switch at just one location? Logic tells me “No” but I just thought I would ask. Finally, in the interest of simplicity and price, I would prefer it if no occupancy sensors were involved either for on and off (occupancy switch) or for off only (vacancy switch).
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If you have 3 switches, it is two 3-ways with a 4-way in the center.

You can use the Leviton LBT30 count down timer.

You will have to change out the 4 way switch and the other 3way to the Leviton coordinating remote switches. (Vizia+®ON/OFF remote switches)

When turning it on from the timer position you would have your choice of 5,10,15,30 minutes. When turning it on from either remote location, it defaults to the last selection used.
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Or install LED lamps in the fixtures and don't worry about them being left on.
My electrical answers are based on 2017 NEC, you may have local amendments.

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